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Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music

Of all the mass cultural forms, music has historically been characterized as a voice for independent artists and an outlet for a diverse range of ideas and messages. However, in the contemporary period, this independence is being threatened by a shrinking number of record companies, the centralization of radio ownership and playlists and the increasing integration of popular music into the broader advertising and commercial aspects of the market.
Narrated by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Money for Nothing features interviews with hip-hop legend and pioneer Chuck D, respected independent artist Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti of Spearhead, and Riot Grrrl co-founder Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre). It also includes interviews with popular music historian Professor Reebee Garafalo, ex-Rolling Stone editor Dave Marsh, political economist Robert W. McChesney, Ian MacKaye (Dischord Records, Fugazi, Minor Threat), and Shirley Halperin, music journalist and editor of BOP magazine.
49 minutes
2001

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